ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Cameron Donner and his girlfriend had planned a mini-vacation to New Mexico for Balloon Fiesta.
This time they brought their rescue dog, Cabo, with them.
"I adopted this dog during the pandemic, which was a very difficult time for everybody," Donner said. "Cabo really stuck with me and just brightened our lives."
However, just 30 minutes after they arrived in Albuquerque, Cabo escaped.
"By the time we tried to get him to come back to us, he had just bolted," Donner said.
Two days later, there was another sighting but this time, as Donner describes, "for whatever reason, I shined my flashlight over to the right of me about 30 feet or so to the riverbank and he is just standing there looking directly at me. I had leftover pieces of chicken and his harness in my hand so I just got down to my knees and slowly called them over, you know, 'Come on, buddy. Come on over,' and he slowly just zigzagged over to me completely dirty, full of mud, wet and clearly underweight. His collar was drooping way below his neck – and he just slowly walks over to me. I could tell he had just...had enough of being out there – I mean, he had seen quite a bit and had probably the biggest experience of his life,"
"I pulled him into my arms immediately, Donner said. "It was very emotional sobbing and I called my girlfriend on FaceTime and she was so happy."